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Gr 10 Up-Jessie Ralle starts out as a typical teenager with a complicated love life. She and some friends, including her ex, all head to Las Vegas to celebrate graduation. Strange things start to happen, culminating in Jessie's getting murdered and mysteriously brought back to life-with superpowers. As if that weren't enough, she finds herself in a parallel version of Vegas. Luckily, her long-lost father turns up to explain everything. Less luckily, there is a lot of explaining to do. It turns out that Jessie is a witch, or a human with superpowered genetics. Now that she has "connected" to her true nature (by dying), she will start experiencing life in dual universes: one day in the regular world followed by the same day in the witch world. There are also two versions of herself, Jessie and Jessica, and Jessica, the witch version, has a baby named Lara who has been kidnapped by a rival group of witches who are trying to take over the world and . . . so on. The complications of the two universes and the fact that all of the characters have two versions of themselves make the already-convoluted plot completely unmanageable. Also off-putting is the way that the rules of Witch World seem to be inconsistently applied and the characters, including the protagonist, are frequently unsympathetic. Though the book is written for teens, the characters talk and act like adults, and there is no shortage of sex and violence, making the novel most appropriate for older teens. Even the most dedicated Pike fans may have trouble making their way through this messy tome.-Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
There are two worlds, each mirroring the other—almost. One is populated by humans, the other by witches; one plays the card game Twenty-One, the other symbolically plays Twenty-Two, known as Red Queen. Jessie Ralle is introduced to this bifurcated world during her high-school graduation trip to Las Vegas, a trip that effectively murders her and brings her back to life not only as a witch but as a mother to a nearly perfect witch child coveted by the evil Lapras, one of the two covens within Witch World. It’s another Pike roller coaster ride, with Jessie plunging into dangerous situations and scrambling back out through her supernatural witch powers, only to plunge into yet another bizarre, terrifying mess. The Las Vegas glitter and gambling is juxtaposed with the barren desert, much like the good Tar witches morphing into the evil Lapras. The novel will force readers through a tug-of-war between two worlds and the powers that connect them: good and evil, pain and pleasure, love and hate. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pike is the New York Times best-selling author of the Thirst series, and fans will be clamoring for his latest. Grades 9-12. --Frances BradburnSee all Editorial Reviews
I liken this book to a car accident. You're disgusted but you keep looking anyways. This book was terrible. All over the place. I had no idea what was going on. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Elyse L
Was confused when purchasing Black Knight since it wasn't named Witch World II. I have loved Christopher Pike since I was a child. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amanda Holley
Such an Awesome Book! Highly Recommended Read! Christopher Pike is an amazing Author! Can't wait to start reading Black Knight!!!Published 5 months ago by Lena Sanchez
I loved this book i just randomly picked this book out at barns and noble got to reading it and got hooked! Read morePublished 5 months ago by bella29
Pretty good book, it was very suspenseful. It has a good story line. You can never guess what will happen next with this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by star lite